Spidey spins himself to top

Monday, July 09, 2012    

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LOS ANGELES California (AP) — Your new friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has spun himself a US$65- million opening weekend and US$140-million in his first six days at US theatres.

Overseas, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man added US$129.1 million, raising its international total to US$201.6 million and worldwide haul to US$341.2 million since it began rolling out a week earlier in some foreign markets.

The movie started off as a smaller domestic moneymaker than the previous three Spidey films, but it laid to rest objections that it was too soon to relaunch the superhero franchise.

The new origin story for the Marvel Comics web-slinger comes just five years after Spider-Man 3, Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi's final movie in a series that shattered box office records.

"This was never modeled or was never meant to be Spider-Man 4. This was always a relaunch with a new cast and different stories to tell, and quite frankly, it succeeded beyond our imaginations," said Rory Bruer, Sony's head

of distribution.

The previous weekend's No 1 film, Universal's teddybear comedy Ted, fell to second-place with US$32.6 million, raising its domestic total to US$120.2-million.



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